WARM tributes have been paid to a former Royal Navy submariner who died in a road tragedy.
Mick Daish was on his way to work when large bales of hay fell on to his car from a trailer that was being towed by a tractor.
His heartbroken wife, Lesley, of Compton Road, Hilsea, said the 70-year-old was a ‘great character’ and her biggest regret was not being able to say goodbye.
Mick was known as a very hard worker, still working full-time as a fabricator welder at the age of 70.
A respected Irishman, he was a former president of The Irish Club in Southsea and a member of Irish folk band, Mist On The Bog.
Lesley, 54, met Mick 14 years ago when she went to watch the band.
She said: ‘He was an amazing man.
‘He did everything for me and my children. I just can’t thank him enough.
‘He was the type of man you met once and never forgot. He was always telling his stories from the navy.
‘Apart from being my husband, he was my best friend and I shall miss him terribly.
‘To lose someone like that and to not be able to say goodbye properly, it’s beyond belief.’
As reported, the incident happened in Street End Road, Sidlesham, near Chichester, shortly after 7am on September 28.
A 25-year-old man, from Selsey, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail.
Mick’s death has devastated his sons Liam, 44, and Sean, 42, and his two step-sons, Joe, 26, and Jack, 23.
Liam Daish, a former Pompey player and former manager of Havant and Waterlooville FC, said: ‘My dad was a great inspiration to me as a young boy and as a man.
‘He was hard-working, loved his family, loved his friends and enjoyed his life to the full.
‘Although he was 70 in years he wasn’t slowing down in any way.’
Mick, who had lived in Havant for many years before he moved to Hilsea, was born in Dublin and after losing both his parents at a young age he joined the navy, travelling the world on submarines.
Apart from family and music, football was his other passion.
He was a devoted fan of Manchester United and also supported Portsmouth.
Step-son Joe added: ‘Mick was an avid football fan and I will miss our chats about the weekend’s games over a pint or 10 on a Sunday evening in the pub.
‘Mick leaves behind an endless string of friends and a family that love him more than words can ever say.’
His ashes will be scattered at HMS Alliance, a vessel he served on, at the submarine museum in Gosport.